based on a straw poll
* Captain Corelli's Mandolin. by Louis de Bernieres. (Minerva Pounds 6. 99).
In one week in August alone, this book sold 6,000 copies - and probably almost as many packages to Greek islands.
* Angela's Ashes. by Frank McCourt. (Flamingo Pounds 7.99).
A jubliantly heroic account of a family that survives grinding poverty in the slums of Limerick, or a dose of mawkish sentimentality, depending on who you ask.
* Birdsong. by Sebastian Faulks.
(Vintage Pounds 6.99). Tear-jerking traumas of the Western Front in the middle volume of Faulks's trilogy.